The CW casts Barry Allen's love interest, aka Iris West, for The Flash pilot

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Feb 4, 2014, 5:09 PM EST

The cast for The CW's Flash is filling out nicely, and now Grant Gustin's Barry Allen is getting a potential love interest. For those who enjoyed his stint on Arrow, you'll have to put your hopes for him and Felicity aside. This new woman is a huge part of Allen's story, and it's necessary for them to bring her in.

According to Deadline, Candice Patton has signed on to play Iris West. She's described as "Allen’s fast-talking, quick-witted best friend who is also the daughter of Detective West (Jesse L. Martin), who serves as a surrogate father to Barry." Now, those of you who are familiar with The Flash comics know how important Iris is.

At one point she becomes Mrs. Barry Allen, and later her nephew, Wally West, takes on the Flash monicker. Iris is a very important piece of the Flash puzzle. As for the rest of the cast, it also features Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie Thawne and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow. Patton has previously appeared on NBC's Heroes, HBO's Entourage and BET's The Game.

(via Deadline)